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All Different Kinds Of Free Paperback – April 1, 2011
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Thank you for visiting my Amazon Author page! I am the author of the award-winning novel All Different Kinds of Free and am a professional freelance writer. My creative nonfiction and reporting have been published in Business Week, Phoenix, Raising Arizona Kids and ASU Research magazines, among others.
Reading and writing historical fiction is my passion, though I'm also drawn to memoirs, contemporary fiction, nonfiction, literary classics -- anything with a compelling story. I love connecting and talking books with other readers and writers on my website, Facebook and Twitter. Hope to see you there!
Top Customer Reviews
I had never heard Margaret Morgan's story or the landmark case of Prigg vs. Pennsylvania that contributed to the rumblings leading up to the Civil War. I've also never before read such detailed, heart-rending accounts of slave auctions or injustice against free people of color in the nineteenth century. McCann perfectly balances history and story, and her cast of characters is unforgettable.
There is a great new voice in historical fiction, and it is Jessica McCann.
The image Jessica created about Margaret's younger boy being chained up with a collar and having to trot alongside the horse to keep up - his first ever experience of mistreatment at the hands of another individual, and that's how it went, with no one to guide him and gently break him in.
I watched a movie years ago called "Amistad." True story. Starred Matthew McConaughey. The visual impact of a line of about 12 slaves on a ship chained together at the ankles, chained even to a horse/mule, and when they needed to cut weight, they slapped that mule on the butt and it went overboard - taking all those people up by their ankles and over the side with it. It was the most disturbing thing I'd seen to that point and it stuck with me for weeks.
There are many passages in Jessica's book that will stick with me that way. Particularly the scene where she so vividly describes the auctioning of Margaret's children, and then her, and her daughter standing up for her, and the feelings she had watching her sons get carried off... amazing. I was taken into Margaret's head and I felt what she might have felt like, and I couldn't handle it. I cried when I read that. Honest. To. God, I blubbered.
Jessica's book is a keeper.Read more ›
All Different Kinds Of Free is a beautifully written book I do not hesitate to recommend, unless you are looking for a light, happy, feel-good read. Grade: A.
I'd like to thank the author for making a review copy available via NetGalley.
Pennsylvania in the 1830s had a Personal Liberty Law which demanded that bounty hunters show proof of ownership before they were allowed to take Negros from the state back to the states and owners where they were accused of running away from.
Prigg vs Pennsylvania turned into a landmark case which went all the way to the US Supreme Court and started the fiery debates across state lines about state rights. This eventually led to the Civil War.
While the court case ran in the background, the main story is about Margaret and her children. 2 of her sons were sold at the auction to 2 different owners while she and her daughter were sold together. The story tells of her resilience and that of her young daughter as they tried to cope with abuse, hunger and the relinquishing of any personal rights they had to their new Master.
I thought the imagery was powerful, but the writing felt a little choppy at times.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good story about a true historical event. Although it is fictional I have no doubt that similar events happened to many slaves. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Kari Oppliger
Strong characters and plot. Eye-opening description of slavery. Makes me proud to have been born in a free state. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mary Spanabel Weber
A very good book, it starts off a little slow. All Kinds of Free gets better as you read and you cannot wait to read the rest of the story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
Stories like All Different Kinds of Free bring to light the true cause of freedom fought for by early Americans. The days of slavery were a dark time in our history. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Barbara
We take our freedom for granted. This is a story of a young married black woman whose freedom was taken away and the struggles her family endured trying to regain their rightful... Read morePublished 5 months ago by JEAN1949
Normally don't like american history, but this story captured my interest from the start. It was emotionally intense and packed full of moments that if you didn't quite pay... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tobi McCann
The story is relatable for those who've dealt with some degree of racial oppression.Published 6 months ago by Acandugal